1. Get rid of everything you are not really ever going to use. It is amazing
how much stuff we keep in the room that we don't actually use.
2. Find the most efficient way to store the materials. If you need to add
shelves, or purchase small containers it might be worth the trouble.
3. Add a few plants and "homey" things to make the kids and yourself feel at
4. Make sure the room is set up so the traffic flow works. Teach the kids not
to get up unless they really need to.
5. As for a small budget, I have used a scavenger hunt at the beginning of
the school year. I give the kids a list of supplies with points beside it. I
put on it all the things I would like to have (pencils, erasers, brushes, art
books, egg cartons, etc......be sure and not put things you don't have room
to store). They try to gather 100 points. They don't buy anything new, this
is just stuff they have around the house no longer needed). This helps alot.
I get glitter, yarn, needles, and tools this way without buying them. It is
an extra credit grade.
I hope things work out well for you in your space. Good luck.
Teresa in El Paso